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Why the Amount and Placement of Heaters Matters

Heater Placement 101

To become fully educated as a sauna owner, you will need to understand the importance of size and placement of the heaters in your infrared sauna. Typical infrared saunas deliver heat using somewhere from 1-14 carbon heating panels. When comparing saunas, the amount of infrared panels, the size of the panels, and where they are placed should be noted. The panels should be large and there should be many of them. The key is to be completely surrounded by the panels. The first thing a manufacturer will do to cut costs of an infrared sauna (other than using cheaper wood) is reducing the size and amount of heaters.

Front Panels

Glass makes the sauna look nice and prevents the feeling of claustrophobia, but it is very important to have plenty of heating panels directly in front of you, since it is important for the front of your body to absorb the infrared as well. You should always ask the manufacturer what the surface area of the heating panels are. If they don’t know, move on to the next provider, if they do, then compare the product to others.

One Person Saunas

We are often asked “Why don’t you provide any one person saunas?” Simply put, there is just not enough room to fit the front heaters in a sauna that small.

The front heaters are crucial to healing the front of your body, and the sauna would be far less effective without them.The same goes for your calve and floor heaters. They are not only necessary for healing your feet, but they also reduce any “cold spots” that may be created by the glass door. To test this, we conducted our own experiment by unplugging all of the front and floor heaters and using the sauna. As expected, it took 20 minutes longer to start sweating.


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